At-Bat Songs: How to Make a Hit Without Swinging

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Just when you thought there wasn’t anything more embarrassing than having your name butchered by your professor on the first day of class, what if Miley Cyrus’ song, ‘Party in the USA’ started playing at the same time? What if you were an MLB player walking out to bat, and this happened?And or what if, your girlfriend had your at-bat song changed to break up with you? Mistake, I think not.

Baseball games are an entertainment on their own, but we must give some credit to the music at these events. Although 97% of the time it consists of old rock’n’roll hit by bands like AC/DC or rapping choruses by Lil Wayne, some batters (or those connected with the batters, AKA girlfriend/coach) have a way of taking their at-bat songs to a new level, far beyond motivation, but to almost hysterical. Let’s just say some of the MLB players have a thing for teeny-boppers– music that is.

Miley Cyrus made more than an appearance at a game, but had her hit ‘Party in the USA’ used by  New York Yankees Nick Johnson, Colorado Rockie Troy Tulowitzki, and Florida Marlin Cameron Maybin. Each having their own reasons to pick this song that played while being announced in front of thousands, it being their four year old’s favorite song or simply for giggles, it definitely gave people something to talk about. Most players picking their at-bat song for personal motivation or spiritual meaning, it’s hard to imagine Miley Cyrus being number one on their list, and the embarrassment does not stop there.

The teen-sensation Justin Bieber had his song ‘Baby’  broadcasted throughout the U.S. Cellular Field for the Red Sox’s Mark Teahen. Not only was Bieber actually in the stands for this, but it was actually one of the main reasons why Teahen decided to do it in the first place.

Although it may seem impossible to get lower than Cyrus or Bieber to sing your way on to the field, it is an incident remembered by Rangers’ player Michael Young where a girlfriend of the opposing team changed his (her boyfriend) at-bat song to ‘Boyz 2 Men- End of the Road,’ following a break-up and embarrassment for the rest of the series.

As for coaches, not only do they have the authority to tell you to take a lap, they also have the connections to change your at-bat songs to make fun of your little hands and little feet, like James Rowson did to Anahiem Angel, Reggie Willits. Although Rowson too is only 5’11”, it was Willits who was caught laughing at home-plate for the funny lyrics that not only exploited his small figure.And yes, his teammates in the dugout thought it was just as funny as everyone else.

Considering the entertainment that is caused by these songs, we can understand why some of these players do pick a young pop-star to sing their way onto home-plate,  it’s funny and, it’s going to be remembered. Another two players from the hometown team, San Francisco Giants, also have a cheesy, but classical pop songs as their at-bat songs: Aubrey

Huff’s being ‘Staying Alive’ by the BeeGees and Pat Burell’s being ‘Cutie Pie’ by One Way, hilarity ensue.
So, the next time you hear one of your baseball players or any other player for that matter walking out to songs like Cascada’s ‘Everytime We Touch’ or ‘Tokyo Drift’ by Teriyaki Boyz, do not jump to conclusions that you normally would, because maybe this guy is just trying to show his comedic side, or simply getting a prank played on him– at least we hope so.

Editor-in-Chief: Heather Spellacy

Chief Copy-Editor: Natalie Cappetta

Sports Editor: Matt Steinbach

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